Carol's Quilting Adventures

30. Mar, 2021

With his bright blue turban and snowy white beard it is no wonder I was drawn to wanting to create this portrait artistically. It is collaged in layers of cotton with a cheesecloth bear - my firsr foray into cheesecloth as a portrait. I began with wire made glasses and then when I put my own glasses down on the work to go and get a coffee they sort of fitted so I found an old broken pair - the arm was off and decided to use these as the glasses for the construction. I placed the whole on an ethnic print I had sourced in Bali and then scribble figure of eight the background to knock it back and mute it from the actual portrait. This piece will be on display at the Waitomo Society of Arts Exhibition on 8th and 9th of April

30. Mar, 2021

This is where the cheesecloth sculptures started. I had long been an admirer of Mary Pal's monochrome portraits using simple layers of cheesecloth. Mr Singh was a Sikh gentleman I met in the cafeteria at Waikato Hospital who graciously agreed for me to take his photo to use in my artwork. This piece will be on display at the Waitomo Society of Arts Exhibition on the 9th and 10th of April

30. Mar, 2021

Another piece made especially for the Muster and NZ Shearing champs 2021

30. Mar, 2021

Created esepecially for the Te Kuiti Muster and NZ Shearing Champs this cheesecloth scultpure of a shearer in "longblow" will be on display and is for sale at the Buy Kiwi Made showroom of Shoppington. It is made entirely of cheesecloth with variations in density to bring out the depth of position

11. Jan, 2021

I have been following UK artist Cas Holmes and her art work amalgamating momigami and fabric and nd other found materials. This is my interpretation of that tpe of work. I recycled Christmas wrapping paper and scrunched it up several times in the momigami way to break up the fibres and make them stron enough to take stitching. These were then laminated onto an old drop cloth - parts of the drop cloth - the darker portion on the right hand side - were left uncovered. I adde some grey organza and some curtain lace. Ontop of the organza a sketched a rough outline of Queen Anne's Lace and then free machine sketched the image in heavier 40 weight black cotton. to give some weight to the base, I added a strip of darker fabric collections from an earlier project. I thin free machine stitched the surface with figure of eight scribble stitch in standard sewing thread. I do not often work with a red palette but the Christmas wrap dictated the colours of this. It was an interesting experiment and quite different to mu usual style of working although in recent months I have been concentrating of eco art with recycled, repurposed or reused materials that would normally go to the dump